Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course, the student will achieve the bases of Biology which are necessary to understand the principles of Zoology. The student will be provided by the instruments in order to describe animal structure and function and to know the main animal taxa (both invertebrates and vertebrates). The student will be able to recognise the animal kingdom as an essential part of wider system.
Elementary concepts of Biology usually acquired in secondary school courses.
Course contents summary
After the introduction to the origin of life, the aim of this course is to examine the cell and the main functional systems of animals. The second part concerns the survival strategies of animal species. In particular, the main topics are the reproduction, the evolution and the animal behaviour. The last part concerns the diversity of animal kingdom, from invertebrates to vertebrates.
Origin of life.
The cellular division, reproduction and development.
Structure and functions of animals.
Classification and phylogenesis of animals.
D'ANIELLO - Taxa, 2010, Ed. EdiSES
Hickmann CP et al. - Zoologia, 2016 (16a Edizione) - Ed. McGraw-Hill
All the didactic material uploaded on-line on Elly Portal
Frontal and practical lessons with audio/video support material to examin specific examples.
Didactic materials (slides, papers nad other files) utilised during the lessons will be upload on Elly Portal before the beginning of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written and oral test. The written test (duration: 1 hour) consists of three open questions to verify the theoric knowledge and the ability of its application by the student. The oral test aims to evaluate the learned knowledges and the ability to make links among the spefic topics. The student is allowed to the oral test only after a positive mark in the written one calculated according to the total value obtained from the three questions. The result of the written test is published on-line on Esse3 Portal with the information for the vision of the composition after the correction. The final mark is mean the results obtained in written and oral tests and it is communicated directly at the end of the oral examination. The on-line registration to attend the exam is mandatory.